sper·​ma·​ti·​um | \ (ˌ)spər-ˈmā-sh(ē-)əm How to pronounce spermatium (audio) \
plural spermatia\ (ˌ)spər-​ˈmā-​sh(ē-​)ə How to pronounce spermatia (audio) \

Definition of spermatium

: a nonmotile male gamete of a red alga also : a nonmotile cell functioning as a male gamete in certain fungi and lichens

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spermatial \ (ˌ)spər-​ˈmā-​sh(ē-​)əl How to pronounce spermatial (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of spermatium

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spermatium

New Latin, from Greek spermation, diminutive of spermat-, sperma

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“Spermatium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spermatium. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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